Announcement
Màu đỏ Màu xanh nước biển Màu vàng Màu xanh lá cây
Thứ 6 - 26/02/2016
Vietnam - Laos relations: the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation
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Celebrating the 47th Anniversary of the Liberation of the South and the National Reunification Day (April 30, 1975 - April 30, 2022)
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State President: Vietnam - Laos relations will continue to bloom and bear sweet fruit
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that with a solid foundation of traditional, faithful relations, Vietnam and Laos have many advantages and great potential to sharply increase the scale of cooperation.

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President Ho Chi Minh received Lao President Souphanouvong at the Viet Bac war zone in 1958. (Photo: VNA Document)

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos (September 5, 1962 - September 5, 2022), President Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave an interview to the press about the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.

VNA would like to introduce the full text of the interview.

- Would Your Excellency please rate the importance and significance of the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos?

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Vietnam and Laos are two close neighbors like twins, separated by only a mountain range, sharing the same Mekong River, having a longstanding and traditional relationship. The people of the two countries consider each other as brothers and sisters, and often share, support and help each other in all circumstances.

Based on the cohesion originated from natural conditions as well as the history of the two peoples with the same desire to gain independence and freedom and under the leadership of the Indochinese Communist Party, the predecessor of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), with resolute revolutionary will, the people of Vietnam and Laos stood up to fight for power in 1945, then established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) on September 2,1945 and the Lao Issala on October 12, 1945.

The glorious victories of the Lao revolution in particular and the Vietnam - Laos fighting alliance in general in the following years led to the signing of the Geneva Agreement on Laos on July 23, 1962 recognizing the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Laos.

Only two months later, on September 5, 1962, Vietnam and Laos officially established diplomatic relations. This is a milestone marking a new development phase of the two countries' relations in the modern era.

Since then, the fighting alliance of the army and people of Vietnam and Laos has been increasingly tightened, both on the military front and on the diplomatic front. Solidarity and faith, the spirit of "rice grain divided in half, vegetable stalk shared in half" led the two countries' revolutions from one victory to another, especially the Great Spring Victory of April 30, 1975 in Vietnam and Victory on December 2, 1975 in Laos.

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In 1972, the Vietnam - Laos alliance successfully carried out the defense campaign of the Chum-Xiengkhouang -  Soui field, firmly protected the strategic area of ​​the Lao revolution. (Photo: Luong Nghia Dung/VNA)

Entering a new phase, facing the requirements and challenges of the construction and development in each country, on the basis of a deep awareness of the meaning and importance of the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos, on July 18, 1977, the two parties signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, affirming their firm solidarity and strong commitment to cooperation, mutual support and assistance in the cause of building and protection of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country.

Over the past 45 years, this Treaty has become a valuable and extremely important asset, a solid legal basis for the two countries to constantly expand their special friendship and comprehensive cooperation. The treaty is also a premise for the two countries to sign a series of cooperation documents and agreements in all fields of politics, foreign affairs, security, national defense, economy, trade, investment, education and training …

It can be said that the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos was laid by the great leaders of the two nations, President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong, and built with sweat and blood of many generations of leaders, soldiers and people of the two countries and has been increasingly consolidated, constantly developing, becoming an exemplary model of fidelity, purity, sustainability, "unique" in relations among nations.

The long-term close history of the two countries has proved that: Without the fighting alliance and special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos, the previous cause of national liberation struggle of the two countries could hardly have achieved complete victories. The work of the Fatherland protection and construction, in the period of renovation and integration in each country, could not have achieved great achievements like those of today.

- Could Your Excellency tell us about the most outstanding achievements in the relations between the two countries and the highlights of recent times?

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc: In the past 60 years, although the world and regional situation has had many complicated changes, advantages and challenges, it can be affirmed that the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos has been steadily developing, becoming more and more extensive, substantive and effective.

Political - foreign relations are increasingly attached and given more mutual trust with delegation exchanges, high-level and regular contacts on all channels. The two parties strive to maintain and promote the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation mechanisms at all levels, sectors and localities, and coordinate to well implement high-level agreements at all levels. The close coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums have contributed to protecting the interests, enhancing the prestige and position of each country in the region and in the world.

Defense-security cooperation is constantly being promoted, continuing to be one of the important pillars in the special Vietnam-Laos relationship, contributing to firmly ensuring independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, as well as a peaceful and stable environment for development and cooperation.

Economic cooperation has achieved many positive results, bringing practical benefits to people and businesses of both parties. Two - way trade has been growing at double digit year-on-year recently; Two - way turnover in the first 8 months of 2022 reached more than 1 billion USD, an increase of more than 20% compared to the same period last year.

Vietnam is always the third largest investor in Laos with more than 200 active FDI projects and total capital of more than 5 billion USD. Cooperation in education and training is a strategic cooperation in the direction of focus on high quality. Cooperation in other fields, such as energy, transportation, culture, health... has been continuously consolidated and deepened. Cooperation between localities, especially between bordering provinces, is increasingly promoted and effectively.

Although there are still shortcomings, up to now, there have been thousands of ODA development support projects, cooperation projects, programs, and grants from Vietnamese ministries, agencies and localities, which have been set up, deployed and promoted effectively to help Lao friends.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the two parties have given each other timely and effective support in finance, medical equipment and supplies, and assigned medical staff in pandemic prevention and control, etc. The two countries always provide the spirit support each other in every situation.

The newly - built Lao National Assembly building which is the gift of the Party, State and People of Vietnam to the Party, State and People of Laos was handed over and inaugurated in 2021. This has become one of the symbols of the special relationship between Vietnam - Laos in the new period.

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The newly - built National Assembly Building of Laos - a gift of the Party, State and people of Vietnam to the Party, State and people of Laos. (Photo: Pham Kien/VNA)

The recent operation of the Laos - Vietnam international port in Vung Ang, Ha Tinh has contributed to helping Laos have a way to the sea. Along with that, cooperation constructions and projects with the imprint of Vietnam - Laos friendship have been implemented more and more in the beautiful country of Champa... Notably, Unitel telecommunications joint venture (Viettel) which has run their operation since 2009, is currently the largest modern network operator, meeting 57% of the Lao market’ s need.

- How does Your Excellency wish to see the development of comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in the coming time?

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Personally, in many positions, I have worked closely for many years and contributed to the development of the Vietnam - Laos cooperation relationship. With deep affection for the brotherly country of Laos and the relations between the two countries, I always wish and believe the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos will continue to be nurtured by generations of leaders and people of the two countries, bloom and bear sweet fruit, bringing benefits to the two peoples.

With a solid foundation of traditional, faithful relations, Vietnam and Laos have many advantages and great potential to dramatically increase the scale of cooperation. That requires both partiess to have high determination, strong efforts, and improve cooperation efficiency.

Firstly, It is necessary to proceed the heroic revolutionary tradition of the previous generations, jointly preserve and constantly strengthen the political relations to orient the overall Vietnam-Laos special relationship on the basis of creative appliance of Marxism - Leninism, Ho Chi Minh Ideology and Kaysone Phomvihane Ideology.

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State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and General Secretary and President Thongloun Sisoulith performed the Hand - over Ceremony and inaugurated the Lao National Assembly building - a gift from the Party, State and people of Vietnam to the Party, State and people of Lao (in Vientiane, on August 10, 2021). (Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA)

Secondly, it is essential to jointly make effort to elevate economic cooperation into a pillar worthy of the special Vietnam - Laos relationship, new cooperative mindset with many firm, breakthrough measures, and promote internal resources and open up new opportunities for international cooperation; build an independent and self-sufficient Lao economy with open international integration. The focus is on promoting trade, investment and business cooperation; expanding connectivity in energy, telecommunications, transport, transferring Laos' goods to Vietnam's sea to the global market; taking care and promptly solving difficulties and problems of businesses...

Third, on the basis of a reliable political foundation, it is important to strengthen the pillar of defense - security cooperation to jointly maintain a peaceful environment, political stability; firmly protect independence and sovereignty; promptly prevent all plots of "peaceful evolution," opposing and discrupting relations between the two countries.

Fourth, the two parties continue to consider education, training and human resource development as a strategic cooperation field with a "breakthrough" nature, not only serving the development needs of each country, but also contributing to the deep affection and solidarity between the two countries; coordinate more closely to improve the quality of enrollment, teaching and learning in order to better meet the needs of the Lao labor market.

Finally, the two parties promote propaganda and education about the traditions of special relations and comprehensive cooperation of the two countries, with diverse, practical and effective forms associated with concrete cooperation results in life, so that people of all walks of life, especially the young generations of the two countries, can strengthen their faith, join hands in preserving, cultivating, developing and renewing the traditional friendship between the two countries.

In the exciting atmosphere of the "Year of Friendship and Solidarity between Vietnam - Laos, Laos - Vietnam 2022" and the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, we firmly believe that under the wise leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos will continue to be consolidated and raised to a higher level, development, self-independence and prosperity for the peoples of the two countries, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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